Oklahoma Dominates Houston Classic

Five games. Five wins by run-rule. No earned runs allowed. One national record tied. That’s the quick summary for Oklahoma Softball who just wrapped up it’s second consecutive five-game weekend. The top ranked Sooners dominated the field at the Houston Classic, winning all five of it’s games by a combined score of 55-1.

Oklahoma Softball At The Houston Classic
McNeeseW15-1 (5)Jana Johns – 5 RBI
HoustonW8-0 (5)Nicole May – 6 Ks
McNeeseW11-0 (5)Jocelyn Alo – 3-for-2/3 RBI
HopeTrautwein – 0 hits allowed
HoustonW13-0 (5)Jocelyn Alo – 3-for-4/5 RBI
Texas StateW8-0 (5)Jocelyn Alo ties NCAA career HR record

Everything that Oklahoma flashed in California last weekend they replicated again in Houston over the last three days. In fact, the Sooners were even better than they were a week ago. Once again Oklahoma’s hurlers didn’t allow an earned run and the offense produced 15 more runs than it did during the trip out west. Hope Trautwein pitched a no-hitter on Saturday and on a typical weekend that would be the story. However, this wasn’t a typical weekend. This was Jocelyn Alo’s weekend. The super slugger from Hawaii not only demolished the pitchers who had to face her over the weekend, she launched her 95th career home run, tying up Sooner legend Lauren Chamberlain for the all-time NCAA record. Alo left the park five times over the weekend but none quite held the significance as the one she launched in her first at bat on Sunday morning.

Two weekends into the season Oklahoma looks unstoppable. The Sooners are the only undefeated team in the Big 12 and the stats easily tell the story of why. OU has a conference best team batting average of .397, they lead the Big 12 in runs scored (95), total hits (95), RBI (85), and home runs (25).

Ten games into the season and the Sooner pitching staff has a 0.00 ERA and has given up just 18 hits which is the lowest in the league. Oklahoma has also issued the fewest walks (15) which is also a league low, while ranking second in the conference in strikeouts at 87. Defensively, the Sooners also have the best fielding percentage in the Big 12 at .973.

Alo now leads the conference in home runs (7) and her .500 batting average is second only to Taylon Snow who is batting an insane .647 through the first two weekends. Tiare Jennings is second in home runs (5) and has come across home plate 15 times which edges out Alo by one for the most in the conference. Alo’s seven home runs also come with a Big 12 best 18 RBI.

The Sooners maintain the top pitching battery in the Big 12. Freshman Jordy Bahl has the best record in the conference at 4-0 and is second in strikeouts at 34. Sophomore Nicole May has allowed the fewest hits in the conference with opposing batters touching her just 5 times in 16 innings of work.

Hope Trautwein was the Oklahoma’s star pitcher over the weekend. The redshirt senior struck out eight and allowed just one walk to the 16 batters she faced in OU’s 11-0 win over McNeese on Saturday.

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